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2004 Estate Merlot, Marinus Vineyard, Swan Block

Our Marinus Vineyard is divided into a number of small blocks planted to the five red Bordeaux varietals according to soil type and exposure. Each block is picked individually following to strict ripeness parameters and fermented separately. In some years, certain of these small lots may shine above the rest, exhibiting unique characters of this special terroir.

2004 was a particularly warm and outstanding vintage. This provided us with Merlot from our Swan Block that was so exceptional; so expressive and well-structured, we were compelled to bottle it on its own. After extensive tasting trials, we selected a few of the very best barrels to create a wine of impeccable balance and character.

The 2004 Swan Block Merlot exhibits a deep, nearly opaque, crimson color. The superb aromas express candied black cherries and chocolate, accented by an array of floral notes. Juicy red fruit flavors fill the mouth. They are supported by crisp acidity, a lush texture and a lengthy, well-structured finish. This Merlot is amazingly youthful and will provide delicious drinking for many years to come.

Vinification notes:
Hand-picked into small bins on October 21st, 2004
100% de-stemmed. Pumped over twice daily during fermentation.
Aged in small French oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months.
Bottled in June, 2006.
Case Production: 308 (6-pack cases)
Retail Price: $90.00
Release Date: September 2009


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